In this office Sabin Cutas plans to plead for the automatic inclusion both of transparency norms and social, environment and equal trade criteria in the treaties the European Union (EU) negotiates with third countries which are not part of the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement (WTO GPA). “Public acquisitions is an important sector of the European economy, accounting for 16 percent of the Union’s GDP.
The efficiency of the public acquisition process is often the most important aspect and transparency and non-discrimination can bring only benefits through an enhanced competition”, stated Sabin Cutas.
He pointed out that the “public acquisitions also represent a major aspect of the international trade, EU holding one of the most open markets for its trade partners”. “EU includes public procurement in all bilateral agreements it is signing”, said Cutas.
“In this context, I consider that an international standard of transparency should be adopted, as well as the encouragement of an equitable trade and emphasizing the social and environment protection criteria through the systematical inclusion of these dimensions into the agreements negotiated by the EU with third countries which are not part of the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement (WTO GPA).
As such, the Union will contribute to the development of administrations and economies of all partner countries, at the same time pursuing the durable development goals”, underlined Sabin Cutas. “New evolutions in the field of public acquisitions” report will be presented in writing in the framework of the parliamentary committees at the beginning of 2010.